I thought that would get your interest.
Actually sorry, I am not giving away freebies, I just want to tell you about the freebies that arrive in my garden!
There was a time when I used to buy Cystisus (Broom) plants, sometimes yellow and sometimes red, but these daysI get a wonderful variety of colours, all self seeded. We have a raised bed round the North side of the house where I find it difficult to get anything to grow, mostly I think because of tree roots from next door, but it makes an ideal area for the less fussy seeds to take root as it doesn’t get any digging.
Look at these wonderful plants that flowered last year.
This one was very pretty.
Another self-seeded plant has been growing for the last few years.
It looks as if it is going to flower – or maybe just produce more leaves. I do know where it has come from, as I have seen one in a neighbour’s garden, but I am not sure what it is. Can anyone help please?
Here are some more lovely flowers that have seeded themselves in my garden.
There are other free plants that I have rescued. These two plants were going to be thrown out by a neighbour to make room for an extension. I thought that they were maybe too mature to transplant, but they both decided to put down roots in my garden.
Then, not quite free, but bargains non the less are those plants that I rescue from the bargain benches of garden centres. I don’t always know what they are and they don’t always look as if they will survive, but I can’t leave them there can I?
This Nandinia was in a sorry state when I bought it having been rather damaged by frost. It is still showing signs of early neglect though and is stubbornly refusing to show me the lovely red leaves I know it is capable of. Maybe next year.
I have discovered some wonderful plants by buying from bargain benches and plant sales, and let’s face it, we all love a bargain.
This Parahebe was covered in flowers last year, on a windy north facing wall.
I am still waiting for this Sarcococca to flower, but I am assured it will be worth it.
I really like the idea that my garden chooses itself rather than all being carefully planned. Maybe it is just me not wanting to put the effort into planning, but there is a certain excitement in going to plant sales and sometimes just taking a risk on the things you buy. Most of them can be safely moved, and usually are, if they are in the wrong place.
Finally there are those plants that I have taken cuttings of from my own garden or from other people’s gardens.
Who would have thought this Rosemary was once just a little sprig – now it is taking over the path!
This next plant has been tricky to get going. I admired it on a friend’s house wall and took a piece, but I don’t think I put it in the right place in my garden and nearly lost it. I have now put it in a pot until it grows a bit more before planting it out. From the leaf markings I think it is Chinese Virginia creeper. What a shame these are deciduous plants.
For the first time this year I have tried taking some cuttings of my Erysimums, both ‘Bowles Mauve’ and ‘Apricot Delight’. They seem to be doing well at the moment, but I don’t know whether they will grow big enough to plant out this year. I might need to prune my existing ones back hard and make them do another year.
So you see gardening doesn’t always need to cost a fortune – there are lots of free plants to be had if you allow wild seedlings to grow or if you don’t mind pinching a few cuttings from friends.
What free plants have been successful in your gardens?